Nemacolin Woodlands Resort unveils $30M renovation

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a property located at 1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, PA, announced the completion of a 15-month long $30 million renovation. The property-wide transformation is the largest project in the resort's 28-year history and features floor-to-ceiling upgrades spread across three phases, including four of the resort's six lodging options, the 32,000 square foot Executive Conference Center, and public spaces. The 2,000 acre luxury resort located southeast of Pittsburgh also opened a Holistic Healing Center, Holistic Garden and a 3,000 feet long dueling zip line at the resort's Adventure Center.

Transformation of 263 of the resort's 318 guest rooms started in December of 2013. The Chateau Lafayette guest rooms feature vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, architectural detailing, and marble fixtures. Each of the 124 Chateau rooms received new windows, carpeting, furnishings and luxurious drapery and linens, and adopted a new color scheme of spearmint, salmon and celadon. Nemacolin's Original Lodge and Lodge Annex accommodations also underwent extensive remodeling, including refurbished patios, window and door replacements, new carpeting, furnishings, drapery and linens.

Meanwhile, $1 million was spent on the resort's Presidential Suite, upgraded to now feature new furnishings, bedding, private balcony access and vanishing television displays built into the bathroom mirrors.  The suite is located on the Club Floor of the Chateau Lafayette.

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Guest service upgrades included a phone integration solution featuring colored touch screen applications, Smart Card room entry technology, and complimentary wake-up service coffee stations designed on each floor of the lodge.

Work was also done on the resort's 32,000 square foot Conference Center. Baccarat Chandeliers, retractable wall systems, wood refurbishing, velvet drapery and lux wool carpeting imported from Great Britain transformed the resort's 4,080 square foot Grand Ballroom space. The renovation also included a new landscape transformation of the room's attached patio, which added an additional 2,200 square feet.

The resort's 200-seat Lecture Hall was also upgraded, with the space gutted and rebuilt. Everything in the space is new, from the carpeting and chairs to the wall coverings and audio and visual system upgrades, which include a new projection screen, dedicated lighting, wall-mounted speaker system and touch screen audio controls.

The Nemacolin and Sequoia spaces, each featuring six breakaway meeting rooms, Club Room, Hardy Boardroom and Joseph's, all received new decor upgrades, while outdoor spaces such as the Lafayette Gardens and Plaza Deck were enhanced with hardscaping, outdoor furniture and landscape features.

Digital television kiosks were added throughout the property to enhance the guest experience. Property maps, group functions, daily events and hours of operations for the resort's 70 amenities are now featured 24/7.

The resort also invested in added amenities, including a four-room Holistic Healing Center.  Meanwhile, the Holistic Garden is an extension of the resort's wellness efforts.

The resort also opened the 3,000-foot Fatbird SuperFlyer dueling zip lines at the Adventure Center and added the Nemacolin Experience Department, a full-service concierge team.

Nemacolin will be adding a new nine-hole gold course, designed by Pete Dye, which will tentatively open in spring 2017. Real estate development, anticipated for 2016, is planned in partnership with Michael Graves Architecture & Design.

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